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    Re: What are some things to do in the Anaheim area?

    Sorry, Nancywitt, didn't see the part about not being into sports.

    The California Museum of Science and Industry, near the LA Coliseum, is quite interesting too...

    And as for Movieland Wax Museum in Buena Park, for the record, that is sadly now a part of "Yesterland".

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    Re: What are some things to do in the Anaheim area?

    You can also head north and hit Santa Monica and Venice. Santa Monica has some good beaches and there's a boardwalk there.

    Venice was originally designed to look like its namesake in Italy, but after digging the canals people lost interest in it. Now its a area of very colorful characters and unique shops. It does have a good beach though.
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    Re: What are some things to do in the Anaheim area?

    knotts berry farm is always fun (I know people have already suggested it).. your hotel might provide a free shuttle bus to get there.. also.... the mideveil times and the new pirate adventure (whihc is like mideveil times) but with a pirate theme

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    Re: What are some things to do in the Anaheim area?

    I love you guys! I knew I would get tons of ideas from all of you. Now I need to discuss some of them with the husband and kids. It looks like I could also use a few more days there! All of you rock!

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    Re: What are some things to do in the Anaheim area?

    Knotts is a good suggestion, and I highly suggest you visit San Diego if you can. It's just over an hour by train from Anaheim or a little longer driving.

    Also check out anaheimoc.org for tourism suggestions, or a few of the following:

    1. Orange County Performing Arts Center;
    2. Balboa Island Fun Zone;
    3. The Block in Orange, as someone else has suggested;
    4. The Irvine Spectrum;
    5. The Bowers Museum;
    6. Sea World, in San Diego;
    7. Legoland, in Carlsbad (between Anaheim and San Diego);
    8. The Orange County Discovery Science Center;
    9. Pirate's Dinner Adventure in Buena Park, which just opened;
    10. Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal CityWalk, in Los Angeles;
    11. Aquarium of the Pacific (A New Exhibit, Dazzling + Dangerous - Venomous Creatures opens May 26, 2006), in Long Beach.
    12. Laguna, Huntington Beach, or Newport Beach, all of which are great with kids; and
    13. A cruise around Newport or Huntington Beach Harbor. Hornblower cruises is a great place to start if you're interested in doing this, which I recommend.

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    Re: What are some things to do in the Anaheim area?

    The bad thing about Medieval Times and the new Pirate themed place (former site of Buffalo Bills), is that they are sooo expensive and you don't really get your moneys worth.
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    Re: What are some things to do in the Anaheim area?

    If you head down to San Diego, you may also want to check out the Horton Hotel in the Gaslamp District. In the late 1800's and early 1900's Wyatt Earp lived there while he was in San Diego.

    Also check out Old Town. Its just down stream from the Mission and is the original town of San Diego with its early spanish / mexican influence. If you go there check out The Whaley house which is the oldest brick building in San Diego, and La Casa De Estudillo which the book 'Ramona' was based on.
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    Re: What are some things to do in the Anaheim area?

    Quote Originally Posted by OogieBoogie
    If you head down to San Diego, you may also want to check out the Horton Hotel in the Gaslamp District.
    I second that. Actually, the entire gaslamp district in San Diego is full of great restaurants, interesting shops, a few theaters, lots of bars and nightclubs, and is a lot of fun. For kids, Seaport Village, just a couple of blocks away, has some unique shops and a great view of the sailboats and naval vessels (including Aircraft Carriers) going in and out of the bay.

    Coronado Island, La Jolla, and the Mission are also great in San Diego, although I don't want to either confuse you, crunch your available time, or get too far off your original post question...

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    Re: What are some things to do in the Anaheim area?

    If you are short on time and want to relax for a bit, you may just want to hit the waterpark and have dinner across the street at Knotts (if you like chicken)
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    Re: What are some things to do in the Anaheim area?

    I suggest universal studios. It other then disneyland is the best park in the area.

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    Re: What are some things to do in the Anaheim area?

    Quote Originally Posted by OogieBoogie

    You can also head over to Long Beach if you'd like. The Queen Mary is there along with the Spruce Goose.
    The Queen Mary is there, but the Spruce Goose went buh-bye quite awhile ago. I think it's somewhere in Oregon now. I think they may be using that dome to shoot films in.

    In any case, the entire area around the Queen Mary has been redeveloped and is now a very cool place to spend the day. Theaters, shops, restaurants, etc....it's actually quite nice.

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    Re: What are some things to do in the Anaheim area?

    Ladies and Gents, your list just proves what I love about California and Disneyland over Orlando and Walt Disney World. In Florida, it's more theme parks, more money and more hotels and there's no beach nearby.

    In Cali, there's history, museums and quaint surprises.

    I love Newport Beach, reminds me of growing up in Long Island, New York.

    I love people watching in Venice.

    I love Chinatown.

    And Six Flags was actually pretty good.

    Okay, I liked 'the Block' only because it was one of the few Ron Jon's I can find---the other one is in Cocoa Beach, in, you guessed it, Florida.

    Oy.

    So NWitt, let us know what you decide on!

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    Re: What are some things to do in the Anaheim area?

    For the best shopping south of LA there is South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, across the street from The OC Performing Arts Center and South Coast Repertory Theater. Lots of fine dining in that area also.

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    Re: What are some things to do in the Anaheim area?

    Go to the beach! Your kids will love it. Huntington is the most convenient from DLR and also has better parking than Newport or Laguna. HB has miles of state and city beaches. The area near Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway also has shops, restaurants, a movie theater and a municipal pier.

    Your boys would also probably enjoy the tide pools in Newport Beach/Corona del Mar. When my cousins came to visit my family in The OC, they always wanted to see the tide pools. They'll need foot protection because the rocks can be sharp and slippery. There are all sort of small sea creatures to look (but don't touch). You need to go when it is low tide, so you'll have to check the reports.
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    Re: What are some things to do in the Anaheim area?

    Since people are suggesting things all the way down in
    San Diego. I'll add a couple more things that are a bit
    closer, in Hollywood.

    I recommend seeing a movie at the El Capitan Theater on
    Hollywood Blvd, just across the street from the real Grauman's
    Chinese Theater. There is a large parking garage just north of
    the theaters. You can check out the Hollywood Walk of Fame,
    the Shopping Mall area that is connected to Grauman's Theater,
    The El Capitan Theater is Beatiful inside, and right next door is
    the Disney Soda Fountain.

    Some other fun things to check out are some of the studio
    tours, these are tours of real studios, Paramount is in the
    Hollywood area. Paramount is a walking tour, I've done the
    tour a couple times, think it's about 2 hours. Warner Bros.
    offers a tours (reservations are recommened) and has a
    much larger studio, they take you around on a golf cart, the
    tour is about 3 hours. Sony Studios offers a tour also, but
    I haven't gone there, so I'm not sure how it compares. Not
    sure of the current charges for these tours, I would guess
    $25 to $40 per person. Again, these are more personalized tours of real working studios, and more likely to run into filming actually being done on their sets. Whereas, Univeral Studios is more of a theme park,
    The Universal Studio tour does show some famous sets, but avoids the
    ones that are currently being filmed at. Not sure of the current

    Sometimes you can even get tickets to tv shows, Jimmy Kimmel
    films right next to the El Capitan Theater. The Tonight Show
    films at NBC Studios in Burbank (not farm from Disney Studios,
    which unfortunately does NOT offer tours). Also for tv shows being
    filmed in front of studio audiences, (although most filming has
    been completed for this season) you may want to check
    http://www.tvtickets.com/ for other available shows. there
    is no charge for tickets to tv shows.

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